How can I get my music online?

If you’re looking to get your music online you’ve come to the right place – you can send your music to stores and streaming services around the world for free with us.

Getting your music on the world’s biggest digital platforms can seem like a daunting task. That’s why we’ve made it easy to upload your music without a label, without hassle, and most importantly without any cost!

Put your music on Spotify and have a chance at being on their massively popular playlists. Get out there on the world’s favourite download store iTunes and its streaming sibling Apple Music. Take your music to Asia and make waves across India, China, Korea and further with regional favourites like Kanjian, JioSaavn, Tencent and many more!

So what do I do?

  1. Create a free account at www.routenote.com
  2. Select ‘Create New Release’
  3. Upload your music
  4. Once you’ve completed your release we’ll take a look over it
  5. If everything is good to go we’ll send it to every store and service you’ve selected!

It really is that simple. So what are you waiting for? Head to www.routenote.com today and get your music heard around the world.

If you have any questions or just want to talk about it you can get in touch on Facebook and Twitter. Our support team at support@routenote.com can help with any issues.

The Great Estate’s gorgeous, garden fete returns to the Cornish countryside

Every year a hideaway in the beautiful Cornish country pops up for a weekend of festivities, music, theatre, and arts for a truly unique escape.

The Great Estate isn’t your average music festival. It’s a celebration of art, entertainment, spectacles and community. The festival takes place deep in Cornwall at the Scorrier House estate, which itself becomes a projected centrepiece of the festival.

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Everywhere you look there is a new adventure to be explored. A colourful fairground in one direction, ‘The Whispering Woods’ in another. There’s a circus full of lively entertainment and Madame Wong’s House of Wrong takes the weird and amazing to another level.

Great Estate isn’t just a music festival you see, it’s a festival of life and the arts. It’s about bringing together people of all ages to lose themselves in a magical, strange, colourful and beautiful place for a weekend of pure fun.

That’s not to underestimate the awesome range of musical acts playing at this years Great Estate. The BBC Introducing stage will host some of Cornwall’s very finest selection of local bands including RouteNote’s very own Katie and Lewis in the genre-bending Hypophora as well as shanty-singer and folk-lover Jordan Jane.

The festival’s main ‘Stage on the Green’ is where the bigger acts will be shaping the sounds of the weekend spreading through the grounds. Up-and-comer ‘Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly’ will set the stage for the weekend playing Friday. Then on Saturday amongst many other brilliant acts, 80’s relics ‘James’ are back to take the stage by storm with classics and new songs alike.

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To close the weekend on the Sunday the sounds get even bigger featuring big beats from big bands – did I mention it’s going to be big! It will be wholly brassy with Backbeat Soundsystem, London Astrobeat Orchestra, and Brass Against all building the evening up into one big booming crescendo before the one-and-only Craig Charles takes to the stage for his unique blend of funk and soul DJing to top of an ultimate weekend.

It’s going to be a wonderful time, and you can still get involved as tickets are still available for the whole weekend or any of the days. Find out more and get your tickets here.

See you there?

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RouteNote artist Chingiz to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 Finals

We are very proud to see another artist using RouteNote taking part in Eurovision 2019: Chingiz is the hotly tipped entry for Azerbaijan.

We are proud to say that we’ve helped artists taking part in the Eurovision Song Contest to get their music online worldwide in the past. This year we could be on to a winner with the brilliant producer Chingiz from Azerbaijan in the running for number 1.

With an amazing blend of pop and dance. Chingiz will take his track ‘Truth’ to the Eurovision Song Contest stage this weekend to go up against 25 other acts from around the world.

Chingiz made it through to the finals after ‘Truth’ amassed millions of listens and found international adoration. He was selected along with the other finalists by Contest Producer Christer Björkman, EBU’s executive supervisor and the chairman of the Reference Group who govern the broadcast.

The Grand Final takes place tomorrow, Saturday 18th May, in Tel Aviv and will be streamed live by 41 different broadcasters around the world.

RouteNote Sessions ranked as one of the top live sessions in the UK

It’s been an amazing journey since RouteNote launched live sessions 7 months ago, to now being ranked one of the top 5 places in the UK to record sessions!

In just over half a year our live sessions have exploded from the humble beginnings of a wish to work with local artists and give them a unique, new and professional platform. Since launch RouteNote Sessions have spread beyond our roots in Cornwall to work with artists further afield and spread our name with our first showcase at a festival recently – and many more exciting opportunities and events.

It’s a thrill watching our work with independent artists take shape in a whole new way to our proud distribution service. This week On The House Music listed RouteNote Sessions as one of the ‘5 Places to Record a Live Session You Need To Know’.

We’re well aware how many brilliant and talented sessions projects exist in the UK so to be classed in the top tier was a thrilling privilege. On The House Music wrote: “Offering mega high-quality studio sessions to some of the UKs best rising local artists, they have featured some fantastic artists.”

Ed Pipkin, RouteNote team member and showrunner of the Sessions, said: “We are truly humbled to be included in this list of high quality, professional live session projects. Considering we have only been up and running for less than a year this is a huge achievement and we hope that this is just the beginning of our journey towards becoming an internationally renowned live sessions project.”

You can watch all of our great live sessions on Facebook and YouTube or listen to them on all major streaming services!

Check out our latest session for a sumptuous little taster of what we create in our studio with incredible, up-and-coming artists:

How to get paid after distributing your music on RouteNote

Once your music is live on all of the biggest stores and services around the world it’s time to get paid.

So – your music is online on all the platforms you wanted and people around the world are listening to it. Now it’s time to start reaping your rewards as the streams and sales roll in.

We distribute payments 45 days after the end of the month it has been earning in. For example if people were listening to your music in January then your music revenues would be available on the 15th of March.

You can see all of your earnings and where they’ve come from on your account at www.routenote.com. Once they have surpassed $50 then we will pay it out on the 15th of every month to the PayPal account that you have linked to your RouteNote account.

How to see your statistics on RouteNote

So you’ve got your music online on the world’s favourite services with RouteNote. Now how do you see who’s listening?

When your music is online on streaming services and music stores through RouteNote we will receive data on how your music is performing every month.

45 days after the end of each month we will have received and processed all the info on your music’s performance. So on the 15th of every month we will publish all of your music’s statistics.

So if your music is online in January being streamed we will collect the data after January ends and it will available for you to see for yourself on the 15th March.

Once you have earned $50 we will send you your payments.

You can get a detailed look at how your music is performing from your account and download a full, comprehensive breakdown of your statistics if you want to know your exact statistics.

Bandcamp are pressing vinyls for artists and labels now

Bandcamp’s platform for independent artists and labels is getting a bit more physical with a new vinyl pressing service.

Bandcamp provides a streaming platform and digital store for artists and labels to easily share their music with fans and the world. Their store lets uploaders choose to add merch and physical copies to their releases but now they want to open up the wonderful (and thriving) world of vinyl music to independent artists and labels.

Bandcamp announced the new service last week, citing that in the last 5 years vinyl sales have grown 600% on their platform alone. With 3,500 unique vinyl albums added to the site each month, Bandcamp decided that they can no longer ignore the new wave of vinyl popularity.

They felt that, as vinyl becomes the physical music of choice with streaming services replacing CDs, that it should be prioritised better for smaller musicians. They note that only 9% of albums with sales on Bandcamp in 2018 offered a vinyl version of their record – and even then they are often very limited pressings. Vinyl is still in many ways inaccessible for lots of small artists and labels.

Bandcamp’s new vinyl service will require no up-front investment so artists won’t be left out of pocket if their sales don’t perform as well as expected. To ensure quality of all pressings, Bandcamp’s vinyl partner has over 60 years experience in pressing vinyl that looks and sounds great.

The vinyl service will be launched for all artists and labels later this year with four pilot campaigns to show what they’ll be capable of with their vinyl service.

Bandcamp promise:

Eliminates risk. No out-of-pocket costs—your fans’ orders finance your pressing, you don’t.

Eliminates hassle. We press your records, print your packaging, and ship to your fans (and fulfill digital too).

Complete control. Your record’s design, and your campaign’s pricing and desired profit are all up to you.

High quality. Our manufacturing partner has over 60 years experience producing vinyl, ensuring your record will sound, and look, its best.

Ideal for offering vinyl at the same time as a digital pre-order, a first pressing of an existing digital-only release, or a repress of a sold out record.

Protect your music: A guide for artists on copyright

The world of copyright can be a complicated one but as an artist or creator it is VITAL you understand how your work is protected by the law and how to ensure you have the protection you need.

Copyright can seem like a scary word sometimes. COPYRIGHT! See what I mean? But don’t worry, with a little knowledge you and copyright will be the best of friends.

Copyrights are all about security: music copyrights provide the legal protection of – you guessed it – music!

Music is a wonderful thing, especially as a creator. But it can be a cruel world out there; people sampling music without permission, stealing melodies (ahem Robin Thicke ahem), singing lyrics as if they are their own. You want to make sure your creative work is protected from this. 

There are two types of copyright for music recordings:

Performing Arts (PA) Copyright – Composition

The composition copyrights apply to the substance of your music this means lyrics, chords, melody – everything that makes it unique.

Composition copyrights apply from the point of creation in the US. So, as soon as you have written your lyrics on paper, transcribed your music notation down, or even just recorded a voice memo – you now own the PA copyright to your piece.

The copyrights of compositions typically go to songwriters, composers and publishers making up the Publishing industry. Publishers make their profits by helping artists to copyright compositions that they think have a lot of potential.

Sound Recording (SR) Copyright – Master

This is the actual recording of your music. The version that’s on your SoundCloud, the file that’s on your computer, what play’s when you press play on your DAW.

As with compositions, master recordings become copyrighted from the moment they become tangible (i.e. recorded). If your sound recording is fixed, meaning it is captured in a medium from which it can be perceived, reproduced, or otherwise communicated – you can now claim ownership of it.

The copyrights of master recordings typically belong to the performers (who performed on the recording) and the copyright owners which are often a record label. The record industry makes it’s money from the sale and use of sound recordings.

A short recording may lack sufficient amount of authorship to warrant copyright protection if it is very short. This applies to all work, for example a few words could not be copyrighted by an author the same as a poem or novel could.

Master recording copyrights do not apply when they are accompanying a motion picture or other audiovisual works. When accompanying a piece of film the recording is considered part of that motion picture or audiovisual work and not it’s own entity so will come under the copyright of that.

To win a suit regarding your master recording you must:

  1. Show that your creation existed first
  2. Prove that whoever has copied your work was aware of it before

Sampling ‘n’ Stuff

Okay, now we need to talk about Derivative Sound Recordings. A lot of the people who upload their music to RouteNote to get their music on all the top services are talented producers who might sample, chop and remix from other tracks. Copyright applies here the same as anywhere else.

So first of all – YOU MUST HAVE PERMISSION. Depending on the artist or work you will normally need a license to use someone else’s music in your own. Written permission from smaller artists will normally suffice as long as you ensure they are the sole copyright holders.

For derivative sound recordings – an audio recording that incorporates pre-existing sounds, such as sounds that were previously registered or published or sounds that were fixed before February 15, 1972 – the pre-existing sounds must have been altered or utilised in a way that makes it different from it’s original recording.

As long as you have in some way changed the source material (basically you can’t just steal a track and do nothing to it) and have acquired permission (which it’s best to have in writing for your protection) then you’re all set to sample, remix, re-work and have fun with other recordings!


Your content may be protected from the point of creation but to take legal action against someone to protect it you must formally register your Sound Recording and Performing Arts protection with the United States Copyright Office.

To register with the US Copyright Office you need:

  1. A completed application form (Read below for advice)
  2. A non-refundable filing fee – $35 for a single author work. Save money by submitting an EP or Album in it’s entirety
  3. The required ‘deposit’ of your work – recommended a digital file that cannot exceed 500 MB in size.
  4. If submitting your work in a physical format, print a shipping slip after completing the online application form and deposit it in the same package as your ‘deposit’.
  5. You can submit up to ten unpublished sound recordings using the online group registration of unpublished works. Must be unpublished and created by the same author(s) with all authors named as copyright claimants.
  6. Multiple sound recordings can be submitted as a ‘collective work’. For example a digital album or CD. This will cover the individual sound recordings as well if they are owned by the same party and they have not been previously published or registered and aren’t in the public domain.
  7. You can register multiple sound recordings with text and artwork as a ‘unit of publication’. This applies if they were physically packaged or bundled together and if all the recordings were published together in the unit.
  8. Once submitted it becomes part of the public record and cannot be returned.
Guide to completing the Application form:

Type of Work

  • When you begin an application, select the “Sound Recording” option on the “Type of Work” screen. The questions you encounter when filling out the application are based on the choice
    you make at the beginning of the application. If you select the wrong option you will need to
    start over.

Title

  • Provide the title exactly as it appears on the work itself.

Publication

“Publication” occurs when phonorecords of a work are distributed to the public by sale, transfer of ownership, or by rental, lease, or lending. Offering to distribute phonorecords to a group of persons for the purpose of further distribution or publicly performing the work also constitutes publication.

Simply performing a sound recording publicly does not constitute publication.

  • If the work has not been published, state that the work is “unpublished.”
  • If the work has been published, give the month, day, and year that phonorecords were first distributed to the public or first offered to a group of persons for further distribution or public
    performance.

Author

  • The author of a sound recording is the performer featured in the recording and the producer
    who captured and processed the sounds that appear in the final recording.
  • If the performer or producer created the sound recording during the course of his or her employment under a typical employment relationship, then the sound recording is a work made for hire, and the employer is the author of the sound recording.
  • If the performer or producer created the sound recording for a third party as a compilation or contribution to a collective work, and if the parties agreed in writing that the sound recording will be a “work made for hire,” then the third party is the author of the work.
    For more information on works made for hire, see Works Made for Hire (Circular 30)

Type of Authorship

  • When registering a sound recording, check the box for “Sound Recording”
  • When registering artwork, photographs, or text of liner notes, include a brief statement to that
    effect in the “Other” field.
  • When registering a compilation or a collective work (see below), state “compilation of sound recordings” in the “Other” field.

Limitation of Claim

  • When registering a derivative sound recording, identify the preexisting material in the “material excluded” field and identify the new material in the “new material included” field. If the preexisting material has been registered with the Copyright Office, include the registration number and year.

We hope this guide helps you to navigate the turbulent seas of copyrights and that you make sure your work is protected as you want it to be.
We also have a handy guide on the different kinds of Music Licenses you can get here: routenote.com/blog/what-different-music-licenses-mean/
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Take control of your JioSaavn artist page with insights

See who’s streaming your music and how many people are listening, customise your artist profile and more with JioSaavn Artists Insights!

JioSaavn is India’s favourite music streaming service with over 250 million listeners it’s one of the most popular music services in the world! You can get your music on JioSaavn for free with RouteNote and with Artist Insights you can see exactly how your music is doing and making sure it looks how you want it to.

JioSaavn Artist Insights offers:

  • Up to date Streams and Monthly Listeners statistics
  • See where your listeners are coming from
  • Track your growth
  • Update your artist image
  • Add an artist biography to your profile

Getting access to your JioSaavn Artist Insights is simple if you’re the artist or an artist manager:

  • Go to the Artist Insights website
  • Select ‘GET ACCESS’ and sign up
  • Look for your artist profile
  • Fill in the verification and wait to be verified (within 2 days)
  • Log in and go!